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Saint Ann Catholic Church

Warsaw, Missouri

Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Throughout the month we call the faithful to spend time each week in special reflection on the sacrifice of Jesus.  The principal end of these devotions is to give glory to the Father through the worship of His Son in the mystery of His Precious Blood.  Devotions consist of:

Since the 16th century catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to His Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised the redeeming power of His precious blood. (Rom. 5:9 "we are justified by His blood"; Heb. 13:12 "and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His blood, suffered outside the gate"; 1 John 1:7 "and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.")

The Church has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. We continue to recognize and publicly acknowledge the

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profound indebtedness of the whole human race to Christ, Priest and Victim.

Standing at the foot of the cross, we see Jesus' head, hands, feet, and side pouring out streams of precious blood. It is precious because it:

  • Redeems us and atones for our sins. Through His precious blood we are reconciled to God, made one with Him. Death ceases to be death and heaven's gates are opened to us.
        Cleanses us from all sin.
  • Preserves us and keeps us safe from the grasp of evil.  When the Father sees us washed in the Blood of the Lamb we are spared.
  • Comforts us. It is the constant reminder that Jesus - true God and true man suffered and died to save us and to open heaven to us because He loves us.
  • Sanctifies us.  The same blood that justifies by taking away sin, continues to work within us.  Its action gives us the grace to continue on the path toward the Kingdom of God.  It assists us in achieving our new nature, leading us onward in subduing sin and in following the commands of God.
  • Jesus shed His precious blood seven times during His life on earth.  They events were:
    • Jesus shed His Blood in the Circumcision.
    • Jesus shed His Blood whilst praying in the Garden of Olives.
    • Jesus shed His Blood in the scourging.
    • Jesus shed His Blood in the crowning with thorns.
    • Jesus shed His Blood while carrying His cross.
    • Jesus shed His Blood in the crucifixion.
    • Jesus shed His Blood and water when His side was pierced.
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